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Khalid Green is on his way

Marcus Henry | 4/12/2011, 4:39 p.m.

Khalid Green's progression up the basketball ladder turned out to be a bit faster than expected.

Green, who not more than two years ago was roaming the sidelines as coach of the Bishop Loughlin boy's basketball team, is now in his second year as east coast regional college basketball scout for the Nets. The experience of evaluating future NBA talent has been "eye-opening", the coach said."The difference between the top-notch high school players and top-notch college and NBA players is like night and day,' said Green, 36, who received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and did his graduate work at LIU.The decision to leave Bishop Loughlin wasn't an easy one for Green, who developed stro ng ties throughout the New York City basketball community. The seven years he spent at Loughlin (five as head coach) and on the local AAU circuit has left a lasting impression."I do miss teaching the game and mentoring young men," said Green, the son of former longtime Brooklyn Assemblyman Roger Green. "But I have no regrets. I love what I'm doing now. It's a blessing."Several of Green's proteges have made their mark on the sport, including current West Virginia standout Devin Ebanks, Southern New Hampshire guard Marcus Matthews and former Fairfield point guard Herbie Allen. But Green is on a different path now. A path he admitted was unexpected.When Green, who spent several years coaching at Sonny Vaccaro's ABCD camp, first started coaching the goal was to become a good high school coach and eventually move on to college. Getting a job with an NBA team wasn't on his radar.Now that he is in the league, the challenges he faces are far greater than what he encountered coaching high school players. "Michael Jordan wasn't even drafted number one," he said. "That tells you that it's not a perfect science and no one has it figured out."Although Green's assessment isn't without merit, no one can deny that he is headed in the right direction.